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EYFS Reception- Oak and Ash

Welcome to the Early Years Foundation Stage Reception classes. Mrs Satchell is the EYFS leader. Our classes are called Oak and Ash. Oak class is taught by Mrs Tweed on  Mondays and Tuesday mornings. Mrs Satchell teaches Oak class for the rest of the week. Ash class is taught by Miss Hughes. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Parsons, Miss Douglas and Miss Brookes.

Mrs Satchell
Miss Hughes
Mrs Parsons
Miss Douglas
Mrs Tweed


On Thursdays and Fridays, the children will take part in PE lessons in the school hall or on the playground. This may take the form of dance, games or gymnastics. Children are encouraged to get dressed and undressed for PE independently. If your child has pierced ears then please make sure that earrings are removed on PE days. It really is important to name all items of your child’s PE kit, including pumps. Please ensure that your child has a full PE kit in a bag kept on their peg.

Reading at home:

Your child will bring home a reading book that is appropriate to their level of development. Initially, children may bring home a reading book that does not contain words. These books are essential for helping children to develop their story telling skills and understand how a story is structured. Children will then bring home books to consolidate the skills being taught in phonics sessions. Please read at home with your child as often as possible, it really helps them to develop their skills and confidence in reading. Please sign your child’s reading diary 3 to 5 times per week.

Forest School sessions (Tuesdays):

Every Tuesday, the children will go outside to take part in outdoor learning. Please ensure that your child has a pair of wellies in school which are named. Children will need to bring outdoor appropriate clothes on Tuesdays, which they will then go home in at the end of the day. It is important that all of the items are named.

Our school day.

8.55 – 9.00 – Registration

9.00 -9.25 – Phonics

9.30-10.00- Individual readers/Continuous Provision

10.00-10.15 - Snack time

10.15-10.25 – Handwriting/English focus

10.30 – 11.40 - Maths/English tasks 

11.45-11.55 – Mental maths

12.00-1.00 -  Lunch time

1.00 -1.05 Register

1.05 – 1.30 Whole class learning (Creative or Understanding the World )

1.30 – 2.45 Free Flow (Guided Activities)

2.45 - 3.00 Story time

3.00 – 3.10- Gather belongings, line up for home time

3.10 – Home time

Autumn 1- Bears


This half-term our theme is 'Bears'.


We will begin the theme by reading 'The Everywhere Bear' by Julia Donaldson.

Autumn 1 Curriculum Overview- 'Bears'

Autumn 2- Night and Day


This half-term our theme is 'Night and Day'. Children will be learning about the differences between night and day. They will be exploring light and dark and will learn about nocturnal animals. 

Our main texts will be 'Owl Babies' by Martin Waddell and 'Room on the Broom' by Julia Donaldson. 

We will also be learning about the festivals celebrated by different religions including Diwali and Eid. 

Autumn 2- Night and Day Curriculum Overview

Autumn 2- Night and Day Skills Overview

Remembrance Day


On Monday 11th November, the children engaged in lots of activities related to Remembrance Day. They learned about why we wear poppies and went on a walk to Polesworth Abbey to visit the War Memorial.

Remembrance Day

Our Nativity


The Reception children were amazing in our performance of 'Everyone Loves a Baby!' They worked really hard to learn lots of songs, actions, dance routines and lines! 

Well done everyone!

Spring 1- Once Upon a Time...


This half term our theme is 'Once Upon a Time'.

We will be reading 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'The Gingerbread Man' and 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. We will also be sharing a range of other fairy tales and traditional tales.

Children will learn about the life cycle of plants and the things they need to grow.

We will also be making buildings from fairy tales using junk materials.

Once Upon a Time Overview

Family Learning Morning


As part of our curriculum work, family members were invited into school for the morning to help children to create a castle for the giant from the story 'Jack and the Beanstalk'. 

Everyone had a fantastic morning and it was lovely to see that so many family members could attend. 

The designs were amazing! The children (and adults!) were really proud of their creations.


A huge thank you to all the adults that attended the session. 

Chinese New Year Celebrations


Children in Reception really enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year. They tasted Chinese food, created their own dragon dances, designed their own dragons using play-dough and practised Chinese writing. 


Mrs Parsons made a fantastic stir-fry for everyone to try! 




Reception Homework Activities (School closure)


In the event of a school closure, please open the document to find a range of activities that you can complete with your child.

Please upload any photographs to Tapestry.


Thank you

Reception Activity Ideas

Active Learn


Please follow the link to access your child's Active Learn account. Each week your child will have a new Maths activity to complete. 

You will also be able to access a range of e-books that you can read together. 

Useful websites: - Reading books - Phonics games - Number recognition and counting games 

Tricky Words and Sight Words Song Check out our printable phonics resources and online games! A tricky word/sight word song for children covering the, I, go, no, to, she, he and we. Tricky words, these are tricky tricky tricky tricky tricky words! Don't let them trick you!

Phase 3 Tricky Words Song Say Hello To

Phase 3 Tricky Words song as requested by many :) Tricky words/sight words featured me, be, was, you, my, all, are, they, was. Tricky words These are tricky, tricky, tricky, tricky tricky words That you can learn, learn, learn, learn Tricky words Don't let them trick you They are just tricky words Don't let them trick you Say hello to me, me, me, me, me m and e spells me Don't let it trick you.